SPANISH FORT was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the annual CTS Ready to Run Sale, on the 23rd November 2018. He is a colt by Elusive Fort, out of the Jallad mare Spanish Rhapsody.

Name: SPANISH FORT
Sex: Bay Colt
Foaled: 14/09/2016
Sire: Elusive Fort
Mare: Spanish Rhapsody (Jallad)
Breeder: Digteby Stud
Sales Prep: Far End Farms
Trainer:
 Cliffie Miller
Purchased: CTS Ready to Run Sale, November 2018
Pedigree: View Here

Another exciting colt to add to our stable, he has a strong pedigree pattern if one looks through the generations of his family. The Fort Wood x Jallad cross is particularly strong, producing the likes of Eyes Wide Open, Liege, It’s My Turn and Solid Speed to name a few of the Group 1 winners from his family.

Not only does he has a strong “page”, but he is a really well balanced horse with a big over step. His gallop was also rather impressive.

He was purchased with the annual Ready to Run race in Cape Town in mind and after showing a clear preference for the sand, we decided to send him to Kimberley where he will join up with Cliffie Miller.

Updates – Spanish Fort

August 27th, 2019
The replay below, after a solid effort by this son of Elusive Fort, in the final event on the card yesterday. As mentioned in the previous post, we expected a decent run from him over this preferred trip. At R6.00 a place, he presented plenty of value for punters.

August 26th, 2019
He runs in the 9th race at Flamingo Park today. His penultimate run was a fair effort on handicap debut, followed up by a disappointing run in the Kimberley Nursery last time out. He was drawn wide in that run and clearly tired in the latter stages, having found the 1400m a touch too far. He drops back to his favoured trip of a 1000m, where he won his maiden on this surface and this time around he will be fitted with the tongue tie. On his work at home, we believe he will be back in the money today and thus we give him a fair place chance. Field below.

Race-9 (Sand) R54 000 1000m 16:32 Ref-36
1st R33750, 2nd R10800, 3rd R5400, 4th R2700, 5th R1350
 MR 71 HANDICAP
Open
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0kgs 

1 10 Winter Trade 60 71 BA *K Matsunyane -1.5 Tienie Prinsloo
2 2 Elegant General 57 65 TBA C Habib Cliffie Miller
3 9 Dolphin 56.5 64 BA R Munger Stephanie Miller
4 4 African Magic 56 63 Ba D De Gouveia Bill Human
5 11 Jet Sailor 55.5 62 TBA L Bester Tienie Prinsloo
6 7 Spanish Fort 52.5 70 T A C Storey +0.5 Cliffie Miller
7 8 Double Deluxe 52.5 56 T A M Yeni Tienie Prinsloo
8 1 Zip Line 52 52 TBA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
9 6 Hector Heathcote 52 49 TBA J Penny Corrie Lensley
10 3 Runaway Rebel Scratched 52 49 A +1.5 Cliffie Miller
11 5 Royal Delight 52 45 TCA Wes Marwing +2.0 Stephanie Miller
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,5,7) (2,6,10) (3,8,11)

July 22nd, 2019
Spanish Fort lines up in the Non-Black Type Kimberley Nursery today, in the 7th race at Flamingo Park. He needed his last run, when returning from his gelding and will strip a lot fitter now that he has had a sound prep leading up to this run. He was well beaten by the 1 on that occasion and Spanish Fort now receives a 2kg favourable turn around at the weights, for this run. He has tricky draw to overcome, but should have no issues finding a relatively handy position and with further improvement to come, we give him a solid place chance at a big price.

Race-7 (Sand) 
15:25 – 1400m
KIMBERLEY NURSERY (Non-Black-Type) – R110 000 
For 2 year-olds
No Apprentice Allowance
1 6 Axios 60 0 BA M Yeni Tobie Spies
2 10 Baby Lets Mambo 60 0 a Wes Marwing Tobie Spies
3 7 Linden Rock 58 0 TBa R Munger Stephanie Miller
4 11 Spanish Fort 58 0 A C Storey Cliffie Miller
5 12 What A Seven 58 0 BA S Khumalo Tienie Prinsloo
6 2 Benino 56 0 A E Webber Corrie Lensley
7 9 Luminance 56 0 TBA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
8 3 Grand Rapid 55.5 0 T A M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
9 5 Ruby And Roses 55.5 0 BA C Habib Corrie Lensley
10 8 She Can Dance 55.5 0 A *T Juglall Tobie Spies
11 4 Code Black 53.5 0 A J Greyling Tobie Spies
12 1 Kayden’s Bullet 53.5 0 A C Zackey +0.5 Tobie Spies
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,10,11,12) (3,7) (4,8) (6,9)

June  24th, 2019
Spanish Fort runs in the first race at Flamingo Park on Monday 24th June 2019. He returns as a gelding after leaving the maidens in his forth start, last time out. Final Field below.

Race-1 (Sand) – R63 000
1300m – 12:20
ITSARUSH.CO.ZA WELCOMES YOU JUVENILE PLATE
For 2 year-olds
1 4 Baby Lets Mambo 60 0 A Wes Marwing Tobie Spies
2 6 Axios 58 0 BA M Yeni Tobie Spies
3 8 Captain Morgane Scratched 58 0 BA J Greyling Tobie Spies
4 9 Linden Rock 58 0 TBa R Munger Stephanie Miller
5 3 Spanish Fort 58 0 A M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
6 7 What A Seven 58 0 Ba M Thackeray Tienie Prinsloo
7 2 Ruby And Roses 55.5 0 BA C Habib Corrie Lensley
8 5 Acevedo 55 0 a K Steyn Jannie Borman
9 1 Benino 55 0 A *T Maharaj -4.0 Corrie Lensley
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,3) (7,9)

May 20th, 2019
Spanish Fort starts the week on a winning note. He won the opener on the card at Flamingo Park today. Well done to Cliffie Miller for a nice training feat and congrats to Marco van Rensburg for a text book ride, as well as Connemara Stud for breeding him. Purchased at the CTS Ready to Run Sale 2018.

January 16th, 2019
Spanish Fort impressed in his first Barrier Trial at Scottsville on Wednesday 16th January 2019. Not bad for a colt that went into full training less than 6 weeks ago.

See his replay below.